Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Seriously does it ever end? I came home from work yesterday and was informed that my dog bit a neighborhood child. She was on a leash, and he had come into our yard. I'm not worried about being sued. Well, OK, I am a little. But mostly I'm worried about my girl. I don't want her to be put to sleep, but I am very nervous now. My three year old nephew lives next door and he is deaf. What if he startles her? We've had her since she was six weeks old. She's 6 years old now, and has never bitten anyone. I am sick over this. I don't even know what to do or where to start. I know she was just being protective of her territory, and he didn't belong. (They just moved in and she didn't know him). My husband and I tossed and turned all night long. We fully expected a visit from animal control, but they never came today.

I just don't know what to do.

Edited to add: I think I'm being a little nutty. Thanks for the input. I know that it wasn't a mauling, butany animal bite is serious. Especially to a child. They had to call an ambulance and he did need stitches. Only a few, and there won't be a scar, but it's still scarry. We live on 20 acres and she has always have free reign when we were home. We bring her in or tie her up when we leave because she is territorial. We are going to install a fenced in area for her. It will make me feel much better. But I am never going to trust her around small children again.


JenJen said...

Its not as if you had your dog out roaming the neighborhood, I mean she was in YOUR yard on a leash and THEIR kid came into YOUR yard. Hopefully, nothing comes out of this...maybe, the neighbors should teach their kid that you don't just pet any and all dogs because of the possiblity that something may happen. I'm an adult and I ask every owner if I can pet their dog and if they're friendly, because dogs are territoral.

Don't fret as hard as that sounds, what did the kids parents say to you?

Courtney said...

Can you put up a fence? Not so much to keep the dog in as to keep the kids out?

Sorry this happened. Hopefully it won't happen again.

And I do think it takes more than a single bite to put the dog down. It wasn't a mauling or anything like that, just a bite.

Candice said...

I would be upset too, but as the others said it's not your fault. The fence is a good idea and I agree with you that you should always watch her around children. ((hugs))

Aunt Becky said...


It's the way of things lately, isn't it?

mrsmuelly said...

Wow...that's scary. Hopefully your neighbor is reasonable, though.